Southern Europe Travel Guide

Travelling in Southern Europe is one of the top destinations on the continent. Whether you’re visiting for the historic cities of Italy, the tapas culture of Spain, the Greek Islands, the shining seaside of Malta or even the ancient ruins of Cyprus, there are countless amazing places to visit in this vast region that it can be overwhelming to actually narrow your focus and figure out where to visit.

And when you finally do decide on where in the south of Europe you do want to go, then comes the challenges of actually planning your trip! Especially when you consider huge countries like Spain and Italy, there is really so much to see in Southern Europe that it can be incredibly difficult to prioritise where to go and what to see in the region. That’s why we’re here to help!

Whether you can’t decide where to visit or need some help planning a trip to an already determined destination, have a look through the articles below to plan your perfect trip to Southern Europe!

Southern European Countries

Southern Europe is quite a broad and ambiguous term that can encompass a number of different countries depending on who you are speaking to. For the purposes of this Southern Europe travel guide, we are concentrating on the countries of Italy, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Malta, Cyprus and Turkey.

For information about countries such as Croatia, Montenegro & Albania, please visit our Balkans travel guide.

If you already know where you want to visit in this incredible region, then make sure to browse our country-specific articles and guides.

Where to Go in Southern Europe

If you can’t seem to weed out where to go in Southern Europe or you don’t know the merits of various destinations, we are here to help you out.

We know that you want to make sure you make the best choice for your interests and travel style, so if you’re waffling between a few countries in the south of the European continent, make sure to have a look at the articles below to help make your choices a bit easier.

Places to Visit in Southern Europe

If you’ve figured out which country or countries you want to visit in Southern Europe, then you’re likely looking for some of the best information on where to go and how to travel around! Below are some of our top articles split up country by country in order to help you plan the best trip possible.

And, if you want to find out even more when it comes to travelling through specific Southern European countries, make sure to head over to the country-specific page to see absolutely everything we have written on each country!


Italy is one of the top countries to visit in Southern Europe and has an incredible amount to offer tourists. From the Alpine north to the Tuscan hills to the Mediterranean south, Italy is diverse and varied and is so much more than simply Venice, Florence and Rome. If you’re interested in visiting Italy, make sure to browse through these top articles.


Spain is another of the top destinations in Southern Europe and it also has far too much to offer visitors than a traveller can see in just one trip.

Famous for great weather, fantastic food, a laid-back lifestyle and fascinating history, Spain is a vast country with many diverse and distinctive regions to visit. If you’re interested in visiting Spain, browse the articles below to find out more about travelling to this incredible country.


As the birthplace of democracy, there is no destination in Europe quite like Greece. From the vibrant streets of Athens to the turquoise waters of the Cycladic islands to ancient history around every corner, Greece has so much to offer visitors.

If you’re planning a visit to this incredible nation, then make sure to browse the articles below to map out your perfect trip!


Though once simply regarded as a holiday destination for those looking for an all-inclusive resort stay, independent travel in Malta is growing in popularity — and this is fantastic news! This Mediterranean island nation consists of three islands — Malta, Gozo and Comino — and has a unique culture and history to explore.

Though seemingly small in size, there is a lot to see and do in Malta that is sure to keep you occupied for quite some time. If you’re planning a trip to Malta, then make sure to check out the articles below in order to plan the perfect trip to this Mediterranean archipelago!


Another historic Mediterranean island nation, Cyprus is a dynamic and interesting destination that can sometimes, unfortunately, simply attract the package holiday tourist rather than an independent traveller. This is a shame, however, as this incredible country has a lot to offer visitors. Everything from fascinating cities to ancient ruins to beautiful beaches to incredible wineries, Cyprus has it all.

So if you’re looking for a great all-in-one destination where you can spend the morning hiking in the mountains and the afternoon swimming in the Mediterranean, then make sure to have a look at the articles below to plan your perfect trip to Cyprus!


Situated to the west of Spain on the Iberian peninsula, Portugal is a nation that has been growing in popularity for international visitors over the past few years. Known for its perennially good weather, friendly people, vibrant cities and beautiful coastline, Portugal is an incredible destination to visit any time of year.

If you’re interested in planning a trip to Portugal and want a good jumping-off point, then make sure to have a look through the articles below!


Straddling both Europe and Asia, Turkey is a massive, dynamic and fascinating country to explore. Spanning millennia of history, boasting incredible metropolises like Istanbul, natural wonders like Cappadocia and plenty of gorgeous coastline, Turkey is a destination that truly has it all.

If you’re planning a trip to Turkey and are seeking some inspiration to set you in the right direction, make sure to browse the guides below!

Visiting Southern Europe is one of the most rewarding regions to travel through on the entire continent. Known for a laid-back lifestyle, great weather, friendly people and fantastic food, planning a trip Southern Europe isn’t something that you will regret. Quite the contrary, a trip to any of these countries is sure to forge memories that will last a lifetime!